Great Toronto places to satisfy your chicken nugget craving

Chicken nuggets aren’t just for adults sneaking a taste from their kid’s plate – they’re an easy and tasty snack made more fun with dipping sauces, and in some cases available sans the chicken. The next time you have a craving for chicken fingers or nuggets, head to one of these places.

The Chickery

130 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON M5V 2L4

Chicken is their passion and primary focus, and your taste buds will be singing with flavour. Their nuggets are battered in buttermilk and deep-fried to just the right golden-brown, then served in portions of two, four or six and your choice of side. And instead of the usual humdrum dipping sauces, The Chickery jazzes things up with their own unique concoctions of Chickery sauce, smoky ancho barbecue, buttermilk ranch or ginger jalapeño plum.

King's Café

192, Augusta Ave, Toronto, ON M5T 2L6

The menu has touches of Chinese, Japanese and North American cuisines brought together in one fusion presentation. No matter what type of cuisine they are from, however, all the dishes at King’s have one thing in common: each item was chosen because it offers a healthy vegetarian choice, and the nuggets are no exception. Made from top-quality soy, they’re seasoned in a lovely mix of spices and you’ll never be able to tell it’s not chicken.

Barque Smoke House

299 Roncesvalles Ave, Toronto, ON M6R 2M3

While nobody’s denying the deliciousness of a rack of ribs or whole smoked chicken, it’s an awfully big commitment to make for one meal. Rather than needing to leave the restaurant in a wheelbarrow, opt for lighter fare by ordering chicken fingers. It’s a bit of a “secret” item as you won’t find them on the dinner menu, but ask your server and they’ll magically appear on your table. They’re crispy, perfectly cooked and go well with beer.

Thai Room

243 Carlton St, Toronto, ON M5A 2L2

We’re going to cheat a little here, but that’s only because the “chicken” nuggets are so out-of-this-world good. The chicken is actually tofu, breaded in panko crust and fresh garlic, but the way it’s fried to perfection makes it taste like the best chicken you’ve ever tasted. The nuggets come with kaffir lime leaf and naam djeem dipping sauce, but they’re so tender and juicy you’ll likely forget all about the saucy extras.

Thompson Diner

550 Wellington St W, Toronto, ON M5V 2V4

No matter what time of day you’ve got a craving for chicken fingers – whether it’s two in the morning or the afternoon – satisfy them at this 24-hour diner. And, maybe it’s just having ready-made food for you when the rest of the world is asleep, but the fingers seem to taste best in the middle of the night. They come with an insanely good mayo dip, which pro eaters know pairs equally well with a side of onion rings.

Grasshopper Restaurant

310 College St, Toronto, ON M5T 1S3

These nuggets are unbelievably tasty and come with sides of creamy peanut or creamy barbecue dipping sauces, but there’s one catch: they’re entirely free of meat. This vegan and vegetarian restaurant has transformed everyone’s favourite dishes into a menu full of meatless offerings, with the top priority always being superior taste. They accomplish that by cooking everything from scratch, taking no shortcuts so your “chick-un” nuggets taste as delicious as possible. Tip: order a side of sesame chips.

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